Mark Cuban is lazy, and so are you

by Mathew on November 4, 2007 · 1 comment

Basketball-team owner and billionaire TV dance-show star (what a mouthful that is) Mark Cuban has some thoughts about Google’s OpenSocial effort and the competition with Facebook. Among other things he says in his post — such as the fact that he suggested to Yahoo that they convince Facebook to license its API — Mark says Google may well be too late to the social-networking party.

Why? Because people hate entering their personal info into a bunch of different sites, he says. And if Facebook makes its API much more open than it has already, allowing the data it already has to move freely both in and out, then it will effectively be in the driver’s seat as far as its 50 million users are concerned — regardless of what Google and its OpenSocial partners do. I’m paraphrasing, but I think that’s the gist.

Joe Duck thinks that Mark is being too harsh, and that he’s just being lazy. Which may be true. But I would argue that most people are similarly lazy. Not because they literally can’t be bothered to type things in, but because they may not see any benefit to doing so — and some may even be approaching “social-networking fatigue.”

Would Facebook try to go it alone, and open up its own proprietary API rather than join the Google train? I don’t really know. But if it did try to do that, laziness — in effect, inertia — might keep many of those Facebook users and their data right where they are. Tim O’Reilly has some thoughts about the social Web and how best to make it work, and as usual they are well worth reading.

  • http://joeduck.com Joe Duck

    it will effectively be in the driver’s seat as far as its 50 million users are concerned — regardless of what Google and its OpenSocial partners do

    Matt I think this is a good summary and agree with Cuban about this part – it’s a point Don Dodge was also making about people not defecting from Facebook, and 100 million eyeballs is a lot. But it’s nothing like the billions of eyeballs at stake over the next few years.

    It seems to me that a lack of loyalty is the deal here and there is little for any social network. Mark’s put a lot into Facebook (he has thousands of FB “friends”. I’m more typical with about 45 friends and I could care less if I’m interacting with them via FB. In fact I prefer blogging and commenting as we are doing here – that is *high quality* interaction!

    In fact I’ll bet ONE BILLION of Mark’s dollars that as soon as it’s easy for him to socialize his own website via Open Social and have people flowing in and out easily, he’ll be there more than he’ll be at Facebook.

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